Criminal cases against two Confederated Salish and Kootenai court officials resolved

PABLO — Two criminal cases against Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court officials have been resolved.

In fall 2017, tribal prosecutors charged Chief Judge Winona Tanner and Clerk of Court Genevieve Morigeau with official misconduct and tampering with witnesses, informants or physical evidence.

They alleged that Morigeau had whited out a traffic citation she had received from the court’s log book, “borrowed” $200 in bond money from an office safe, and allowed $140 in Fish and Game money to go missing, and that Tanner had withheld evidence and failed to act on these matters. They also alleged that Tanner let Morigeau use tribal funds to pay for a hotel room twice during a work trip to Albuquerque, and charged the judge with theft.

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